San Antonio Valley and Mount Hamilton - 4/16/2021

I finally spent a day driving around San Antonio Valley, and it truly was lovely. Probably not the best year for the carpets of flowers I've heard about, and I think it was a on the early side for some interesting plants. But the Oaks were glowing, and the further in I went, the more flowers. Which was interesting, since I expected more in the lower, grassy hillsides outside of Livermore in mid-April, but very few there. Instead, the higher elevations were much more floral, when I expected them to be much further behind. I saw several species in particular on the west side of Mt. Hamilton in bloom already, that were at the same stage in early May last year.

One star of the show was Buckbrush, which really went off this year in Sierra Azul, and is totally going off around Mt Hamilton now, brightly punctuating the chaparral, and intoxicatingly scenting the breeze. Some nice fields of goldfields and smaller areas of poppies in the valleys. But my main interest was checking out some of the burned area, of which there was much, hill after hill both blackened and occasionally greening, including a lot of stump sprouting. As I've seen elsewhere, one of the main plants that seem to be thriving in the burnt understory are Claytonia, and some others were present too, although many still in their infancy. Another treat was seeing more Blazing Stars than I ever have. Maybe they're always there in at least that density, or maybe they got a boost from the fires. Too bad so much of this drive is past fences, through "private property", one of the worst ideas to ever taint human relation to land.

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, April 17, 2021 05:04

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Oakwoods Violet (Viola purpurea ssp. quercetorum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 01:22 PM PDT

Description

Many of them, in a place that burned last year.

Photos / Sounds

What

Spring Beauties (Genus Claytonia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 01:24 PM PDT

Description

Once again, many Claytonias in a place that burned last year. Claytonias are so variable that I often don't feel confident id'ing them more specifically.

Photos / Sounds

What

Spring Beauties (Genus Claytonia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 01:34 PM PDT

Description

Once again, many Claytonias in a place that burned last year. Claytonias are so variable that I often just don't feel comfortable id'ing them specifically.

Photos / Sounds

What

Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 02:54 PM PDT

Description

So much buckbrush totally going off, all over the mountain! It was so wonderful to be surrounded by them and their heady scent that we decided to have lunch here.

Photos / Sounds

What

Lindley's Blazingstar (Mentzelia lindleyi)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 03:09 PM PDT

Description

So many of them, in quite a few areas, including what appeared to be covering several semi-distant hillsides.

Photos / Sounds

What

Gypsum Springbeauty (Claytonia gypsophiloides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 03:21 PM PDT

Description

Once again, many Claytonias in a place that burned last year.

Photos / Sounds

What

Distant Phacelia (Phacelia distans)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 03:31 PM PDT

Description

A lovely, large patch in an area that burned last year.

Photos / Sounds

What

Lindley's Blazingstar (Mentzelia lindleyi)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 03:37 PM PDT

Description

So many of them, in quite a few areas, including what appeared to be covering several semi-distant hillsides.

Photos / Sounds

What

Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons var. collinus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 03:57 PM PDT

Description

The yellow centers are making it hard for me to id.

Photos / Sounds

What

Serpentine Leptosiphon (Leptosiphon ambiguus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 2021

Description

A lovely, large patch in an area that burned last year.

Photos / Sounds

What

Greene's Milkweed (Asclepias californica ssp. greenei)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 04:32 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Chick Lupine (Lupinus microcarpus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 16, 2021 04:36 PM PDT

Comments

Fantastic!!

Posted by etymomel over 1 year ago (Flag)

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